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University capitalise and end Rams streak

By Fraser Stewart

The Rams 1st Grade team have put on a spirited performance against Melbourne University today at Harold Caterson Reserve, but went down 22-38.

In what was clear conditions with the sun beaming and with no wind, it was Hunter Ioane and Melbourne University’s Luan Scherman who took advantage of the conditions as both players scored two tries each.

With the Rams sitting on 6th on the ladder and University 4th, it was no wonder that this match was a fast paced game and a physical affair, as both teams played quick rugby in the opening few minutes.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock on the eighth minute, when Scherman scored his first try as he ran half the length of the pitch to make the scores 7-0.

The Rams replied on the 15th minute, when Hunter Ioane notched his first try of the season to make it a two point ball game.

University attacked on multiple occasions looking to extend their lead, but some determination in the Rams’ defence meant that it was still a two point ball game.

Melbourne University got their attacking reward seven minutes before the main break, when Matthew Dewar found a way to plant the ball over the line.

An Antonio Raqio try before half time meant that the Rams only trailed by two points for the second time.

University soon extended their lead to nine points as Paul Vaigalepa crossed moments before the half time whistle.

The Rams bursted out of the blocks in the second half and it only took two minutes of the restart before Ioane nabbed his second try to make it a four point ball game.

The Rams controlled possession in their attacking half for the majority of the second half, as they were desperate to add to their try tally.

But against the run of play it was University who capitalised when they mounted pressure as number eight Lusa Washburn barged his way to the line, midway through the second half.

That was all the momentum the visitors needed as they scored two tries in five minutes from Tom Herbst and Scherman.

That spell though didn’t dampen the Rams’ spirits as Machon Samu found a way to score at the death and then converted his own try to make the scores 22-38 on full time.

Updated 13:03 - 15 Jun 2019 by Ian Nathan

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